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Rowley, Benjamin

It’s with heavy hearts that the family of Benjamin Hugh Rowley announce his death. Ben passed away in the loving arms of his family on Saturday, October 6, 2018 after a lengthy illness. He will be remembered by all, for his love of family, his quick wit and his zest for life. He was very gregarious and throughout his life made many life long friendships. A gifted high school teacher from 1973 to 2000 at Chippewa High School in North Bay, Ben received a best teaching award and countless former students have expressed to family the impact he had on their lives. As one student said “HE GOT US”. Until his declining health prohibited him, he spent all his free time at the cottage on beautiful Lake Kipawa. He especially liked the summers and would take great delight in saying “oh too bad your week of vacation is over I only have another 7 weeks”. Ben is survived by his best friend and love of his life, Elizabeth Rowley. Cherished father to Shawne (Blain) Quinlan, Jennifer (Robert) St Onge. Beloved grandfather to Kaitlin Quinlan, Ryan Quinlan, Rachel St Onge, Jacob St Onge. Ben was the son of the late Albert and Margaret (Penny) Rowley. Dear brother of Dawn (Doug) Woods both predeceased, Penny Huska (Wally predeceased), Wendy Hodgson, and Christine (Glenn) Armstrong. Ben will be sadly missed by his newly found son James Young. Fondly remembered by his numerous brothers and sisters in law, nieces, nephews and many close friends. Ben’s family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Elizabeth Centre, Val Caron for their wonderful compassionate care. As per Ben’s wishes there will be no visitation. A Celebration of Ben’s life will take place in the Spring, at that time we will invite family and friends to join us in sharing our collective “Ben” stories. God Speed Ben; leave, knowing how loved you were.

6 Condolences

  1. I did not know Ben Rowley at the time in 1976 when I was approached to be a chaperone on a Grade 10 Geography Field Trip to the East Coast with Ben and Betty, kids (ours and students). Anyway always a good memory. Later, I returned to teaching at CSS and Ben was still there!
    So sad to learn that a colleague has passed away. My sincere sympathy to Betty and family. We have lost touch lately but forever in my heart and mind.

    Posted by:Sheila Taylor
    October 17, 2018
  2. At CSS, I taught down the hall from Ben for many years and always enjoyed his company. I remember the fun we had at Trowbridge Falls campground when we were taking out summer teacher training and Shawne was just a baby. Ben was teaching in Red Lake at the time. When Ben got a job at CSS, I was very delighted when he and the family moved to North Bay.

    Betty, Shawne, and Jenny, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by:Laurie and Marilyn Smith
    October 16, 2018
  3. Very saddened to read of Ben’s passing. I always considered Ben to be a friend. He was a great guy. Lots of CSS memories. Condolences to Betty and all his family. RIP Ben

    Posted by:Ken Leggett
    October 13, 2018
  4. To the Rowley Family I’am sorry for your loss. He was a gentleman that had a influence on me over the years. I respected him from a far and wish you all the best
    Mark Lyons

    Posted by:Mark Lyons
    October 13, 2018
  5. Susan and I want to extend our condolences to the family and extended families. Ben will be thought of often for his wonderful sense of humour, his dedication to his family and his close relationships to his friends. Rest in peace Ben.
    Judy and Susan Chapman

    Posted by:Judy (Chapman) Warner
    October 13, 2018
  6. Though we lost touch in later years, I will always remember Ben as the charming, eloquent story teller who enjoyed a laugh and teasing his 5 soon to be brother in laws. A kind, generous man who kept his sense of humour in adversity and won the hearts of all of us.

    Hugs to all of you.
    D’Arcy

    Posted by:D'Arcy
    October 12, 2018

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